27 June 2016

10 things that will probably not interest you at all

Reverse psychology clickbait title! Without this series of questions from Bun Toting Librarian and a reminder by Rachel there would be no blogjune post today.

The most recent text you received was… A reminder about the time of an appointment this week.

What is an overused word or saying that you hate?
"Would of, should of"

What was the last book that you read?
Seduction by Catherine Gildiner. A mystery-detective fiction about Sigmund and Anna Freud with a woman protagonist as a husband-killer convict turned Freud academic.

The best purchase you’ve made recently?
Janome DC3100 sewing machine.

What was the last image you posted on social media and why?
I was bored and playing around with Snapchat filters

What was the last movie you saw?
Spectre streamed to TV.

What is the last risk you took and how did it turn out?
Sat outside under a tree and got a tick bite just in front of my ear. That was Saturday and its still itchy. Everything is a risk, it's just the magnitude that varies.

What kind of mood were you in today?
I'm not going into that here.

What has been your biggest challenge lately?
See last question.

What is one new thing you have learned?
Shirring with my new sewing machine.


25 June 2016

Research Data Things 14/23 - Identifiers and Linked Data

This was a good chance for me to log back into ORCID and check on my record. I used the link to generate a QR code for my record - though right now I don't have a good use for it.

Scan for Peta Hopkins ORCID record.


I updated my list of works, but had to add it manually since there are no DOIs for the conference papers at VALA. ORCID site does not enable the addition of multiple authors for manually added conference papers. It would be great if VALA and Information Online conference provided DOIs at least for peer reviewed papers. With that I could have used the Cross Ref integration to grab this data automatically.

I added my ORCID to the following:

About Me  - unfortunately it has not option in the social links area that I could use.
LinkedIn - once again, no obvious place to put it. I added it to the summary, but if anyone has any other ideas would love to hear them. It would be good to have it in the Publications section.


Moving on to the Challenge Me segment I notice that this was a huge conceptual step up from Getting Started and Learn More segments. I think some kind of explanation to help participants make the leap from ORCID (and other identifiers) to linked data would be helpful for many just starting to think about these concepts.

24 June 2016

Handsfree snapchat video

This is for Android devices. If you use a search engine you can also find ways to do this on IOS using accessibility features.

22 June 2016

Spatial awareness and the art of dressmaking

One thing I remember from home ec at school was pattern drafting. I don't remember much of the detail just the wonder of it.  Making 2d pieces of paper to cut fabric shapes that would fit the body's topology when sewn together was sort of magical. Even without the pattern drafting, dressmaking using ready made patterns really helped me develop spatial and shape awareness.

I started sewing about 10 or 11 I think  on my Nan's hand cranked Singer then moved to Mum's treadle Singer which was much faster.